SLFP Mentors Needed

Northern Michigan University’s nationally recognized Student Leader Fellowship Program (SLFP) is seeking mentors. The SLFP pairs individuals who are active on campus and in the local community with students.

Kathy Richards (Engineering and Planning), left, is pictured with her first student fellow, Dana Toenjes.

"I don't have a lot of contact with students in my position, so serving as a mentor provided that connection," Richards said. "It's been 20 years since I was in college. I wanted to be more a part of current students' lives and see the issues and struggles they deal with day to day and how that might relate back to my job. It's also a way to give back to the university."

SLFP participants are assigned a mentor for the first year of the two-year program. Other components include a student weekend retreat each fall that features activities designed to build fellowship and teamwork, a two-credit leadership theory and practice course, Skill Builders workshops, opportunities to meet with visiting leaders and a year-long community service internship.

“The goal for our program is to assist students in developing leadership skills while at the same time fostering an appreciation for leadership at the community level,” said Rachel Harris (Student Enrichment). “We selected 57 students to participate in the Student Leader Fellowship Program, which means we need to identify that many mentors.

“Prospective mentors typically are involved in the community at various levels,” Harris said.  “Mentors are often affiliated with service clubs or organizations, government leaders or organizations and projects that contribute to building a community.

Harris said 535 individuals have served as mentors, many on more than one occasion. For more information or to volunteer, contact Harris at


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